Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday launched Health Insurance Scheme for area councilemployees as part of efforts to deliver key health interventions in the territory.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, said
in Kuje, FCT, that the initiative would increase access to quality health services toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the territory.
Aliyu said since her deployment to the FCT, she had been engaging stakeholders in health and social services sub-sectors and had developed a blueprint “to positively touch the lives of Abuja residents.
“And to achieve the aim, we developed a five-year (2019-2023) Strategic Plan.’’
She assured that efforts were ongoing to ensure that pregnant women and children under five years
were covered by the FCT Health Insurance Scheme.
She explained that the measure was to expand access to quality and timely health services to vulnerable groups.
The minister noted that the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) had also been set aside specially to deliver a package of key maternal, newborn and child survival interventions proven to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortalities in the territory.
She disclosed that FCT had shown over 400 per cent performance improvement in eight years, noting that a coverage of 98 per cent was achieved against 24 per cent in 2011.
She revealed that the recent report of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey by National Population Commission (NPC) shows 49 per cent coverage in children’s immunisation, which is above the national average of 31 per cent.
According to her, considerable achievements have been made through MNCHW to improve maternal, newborn and child health indices.
She said “emphasis has shifted from stand-alone vertical routine and supplemental health services provision to a more integrated approach like the MNCMNCH Week, which exposes caregivers and children to key interventions that improve health status.
The Chairman, Kuje Area Council, Abdullahi Sabo, who commended the FCTA for launching the scheme, described it as “a good development for staff and their families.’’
Sabo also said that maternal new born and healthcare was a biannual event aimed at reducing maternal death, child mortality and morbidity.
He added that the intervention was to provide maternal healthcare and nutrition, key to child survival and maternal well-being.
He, therefore, called on beneficiaries with children from age 0-59 months and women of child bearing age to avail themselves of the opportunity by coming out en masse to be part of the programme.
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Abdullahi Candido, who spoke on behalf of other area council chairmen, pledged the commitment of the councils’ administrations to support the programme.
Edited & Vetted By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
FCTA moves to reposition fire service to boost service delivery
Director, FCT Fire Service, Mr Julius Opetunsin, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Opetunsin also expressed determination of the FCTA, to refocus the efforts of the service on fire prevention and enforcement, instead of fire fighting.
According to him, once people know what to do to prevent fire outbreak, there would be reduction in the number of incidences.
“We want to ensure that each house has at least, one fire extinguisher, among other fire gadgets.
“Between January and March 2020, FCT Fire Service responded to about 180 fire cases.
“So, up to August ending, we responded to about 356 fire cases, without any casualty, largely due to our prompt response,” he said.
He said that the Federal Executive Council, recently approved the purchase of four water tankers and four water tenders.
He said part of the equipment have already been received while others are being awaited by the end of September.
He explained that fire extinguisher was not difficult to use, adding that it was a different thing to have fire extinguisher and it was another thing to know how to use it.
“Before using it, you have to remove the safety pins, if not removed, you will not be able to press the lever.
“It is then, you will push either the powder or carbon dioxide out of the cylinder, while directing the nozzle to the seat of the fire, you don’t fight the fire at the surface.
“Note that you only use fire extinguisher at the initial stage of fire outbreak when the fire is small; you don’t use it when the fire is getting out of control.
” At that point, you call the fire service because there is limit to what an individual can do.
That is why it is necessary for you to have our control room numbers, which are 092906118 or 112. Then contact the nearest station.”
He advised each home in the FCT, to have a functional fire extinguisher, always put off electrical appliances and remove them from the socket when leaving offices and homes.
He also warned against prolonged use of air-conditioners.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide
FCTA, NAPTIP sign MoU on women rehabilitation centre
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the centre is located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), of the territory.
Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister presided over the signing of the MoU between FCTA and NAPTIP in Abuja.
She called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, adding that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The minister commended the Director -General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in persons.
She stressed the need for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in the country.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights.
” She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society, today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to look for more decent accommodation for vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under two -years period, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties.
‘ And as the one charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come,” the minister said .
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP , to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youths.
The minister assured that the facility would provide the needed shelter for those in need.
Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Okah-Donli, also commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in persons and other related offences.
She assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, adding that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
” You have been very supportive to our agency, I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, it is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU.
” Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
Palliatives: 700, 000 households in FCT vulnerable – Minister
FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, made the revelation at the presentation of a scorecard of palliatives distribution by the COVID-19 Civil Society Organisations Emergency Intervention Group, on Thursday in Abuja.
Aliyu said that the scorecard would further guide the action of the FCT administration, especially during emergency situations.
She, however, assured residents that the administration would not wait for emergencies before reaching out to the vulnerable.
The minister commended the CSOs, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders, for joining hands with the FCTA to make the exercise a success.
She said that COVID-19 had undoubtedly brought to the fore the challenges of catering for a family.
“During the very tough and trying period of COVID-19 pandemic, I will confess to you that it seemed things had fallen apart, and the centre could not hold.
“Fortunately for us, we had able bodied men and women who defied all odds and showed willingness to work.
“Honestly speaking, people may ask how much you were paid. It was done pro bono, no budget line, but you were willing to risk all to get it across to target beneficiaries.
“We drew up our template, a more encompassing and more reaching template with men and women of civil society organisations that put concerted efforts to ensure that they were in all places in all the communities.
“Many times when you work and put in the best you can, you are not in the best position to score yourself.
“We are proud to say indeed, that some people out there did not only go out to distribute the palliatives, but also made efforts to look into what we were doing without fear or favour, and scored us as it is.
“This to you is a scorecard, but to me it is a validation of my dreams.
“This can serve as a guide to what we need to do further.
“With the pandemic in place, we were able to work harder, we found that the social register was validated. Today, we have over 700, 000 vulnerable households.
“Because during the time of the pandemic, we used the definition of vulnerability to mean the very poor in the hinterland, those that are not earning anything from government revenue and without a source of income.
“But later, it was clear to us that there is more than meets the eye. Even the so called salary earners had become vulnerable due to COVID-19 and the pressure of the lockdown.
“And that brought about the new template. God’s willing, we can boast that the FCT is used as a measurement standard to other states,” Aliyu said.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, thanked the CSOs for not abandoning the administration in its time of need.
Adesola said that the report would not only inspire the minister of state, but also the entire administration.
He, however, harped on team work, saying “We must join hands to build the territory of our dreams.
“You cannot walk with one leg, but you need the two legs to walk. If you have abandoned the distribution, nobody would have believed that palliatives were distributed, because we live in an era where nobody believes anything.
“But you are our testimonial, you have spoken,” he said.
The National Coordinator, COVID-19 CSOs Emergency Intervention Group, Dr Jophia Gupar, said though, the palliatives did not get to everybody, every community in the territory however, received the palliative.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
City Sanitation: FCTA removes makeshift houses, brothels in Jabi
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday, removed makeshift houses and brothels in Daki biyu community, at Jabi District, in continuation of its efforts to rid the city of illegal structures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the operation was led by the Director, FCTA Development Control Department, Malam Muktar Galadima, with over 100 security personnel and many vigilance groups.
Galadima said the operation was necessitated by the rising cases of security challenges in FCT.
The director also said that the exercise was in pursuance of the 13 points Next Level Mandate of the FCT Administration to ensure orderliness and sanitation in the city.
He said all the plots of land occupied by illegal inhabitants of the Daki biyu community were designed for certain purposes.
Galadima, therefore, assured that the department of development control would ensure that those purposes were being implemented.
He also said that the department would ensure that the FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat took some of the plots of land and build hospitals.
” And these makeshift houses and brothels that we removed, we will do everything possible to ensure that they never return to those places again.
” Every administration has it own philosophy and style, the current FCT administration wants everything to be done, based on due process and due diligence.
” Like I told you, this operation or exercise is necessitated by the rising case of security challenges and in the course of our operations, we discovered some jackknifes in one place called Sambisa.
” These jackknifes can be used to lynch a person,” Galadima said.
He appealed to the indigenous community to assist the FCTA to sanitise the city and curtail activities of men of the under world in Abuja.
The director also urged allottees of the undeveloped lands in the area to develop them or risk revocation.
Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the FCT Minister, Mr Ahmed Rasheed, said the operation was being carried out with the cooperation of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma , based on intelligence gatherings.
Rasheed said that intelligence gatherings had revealed that there were hoodlums and criminals in the village and the operation would ensure that FCT was safe for all and sundry.
He said security agencies were working closely with the department of development control and land to ensure that owners of the affected lands took over immediately so that illegal settlement would not come back.
The Palace Secretary of Daki biyu Community, Mr Andy Sanga, described the operation as “very painful but we have to take it in good faith because we can’t fight government.
Sanga, who said that government was doing the right thing, revealed that none of the houses belonging to indigenous settlement was affected by the operation.
He, however, appealed to the FCTA to show pity, considering the harsh economic realities in the country.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza